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Lanco Watchmakers' Lathe
Australia
Other Australian-built lathes: Advance, Burden,
Clisby, Great Scott & Conrik, Hercus, A.E.Herbert, Premo, Qualos,
Macson, Mars, Nuttall, Parkanson, Purcell, Rolfe, Sheraton,


Of the Geneva pattern (a round bed with a flat surface at top or back) the Lanco was Australia's only indigenous watchmakers' lathe. Inscribed on its maker's plate as being manufactured by Lane Cove Engineering (of 405 Pacific Highway, Lane Cove, N.S.W.), at least two models were manufactured, a 6 mm and 8 mm. Of almost identical appearance, the smaller capacity machine had a centre height of 39.687 mm and used a single supporting foot at the headstock end of the bed. The larger model had a 53.175 mm centre height and was equipped with an additional bed foot under tailstock.
Although an Australian-built machine, like many other makers remote from Germany, the Lanco was almost certainly a slightly modified copy of a Lorch and was even described by its makers as being
of the Lorch type. Both models used plain, cone-type headstock bearings of the traditional watch-lathe type and were offered as boxed kits, some rather basic but other containing all the necessary items, including compound slide rests and countershaft units, to begin serious work. 
If you have a Lanco lathe, sales literature or any details of the makers the writer would be interested to hear from you.

6 mm Lanco watchmakers' lathe

A Lorch watchmakers' lathe for comparision

Two more examples of the Australian-built Lanco


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Lanco Watchmakers' Lathe
Australia
Other Australian-built lathes: Advance, Burden,
Clisby, Great Scott & Conrik, Hercus, A.E.Herbert, Premo, Qualos,
Macson, Mars, Nuttall, Parkanson, Purcell, Rolfe, Sheraton,
Tillico, T.N.C.  Veem